State Veterinarian says to be alert when buying livestock

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee State Veterinarian is reminding buyers to be alert, as buying livestock before it is seen could be risky.

“Emerging diseases and parasites have been introduced into Tennessee this year through infected livestock purchased without the buyer seeing the animals in advance,” State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha Beaty said. “I recommend buyers visualize animals in person before money changes hands to help minimize the risk of moving disease onto their farm or into their established herd. I discourage purchase of animals sight unseen from an online source where delivery is included. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is.“

Beaty says to think about having livestock checked out by a licensed veterinarian if you are not able to see them in-person before buying.

You are also required by law to have a current health certificate issued within 30 days of movement and official identification where applicable by law, the release says.

You can check out those rules here.

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